Isa Gusau, Maiduguri: Borno State has lost its Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Waziri Imam, a development that made Governor Kashim Shettima to end his temporary relocation to Bama and tour of destroyed communities after the Governor visited Chibok, Gwoza, Askira-Uba and Damboa local government areas, all in southern parts of Borno State.
Secretary to Borno State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa announced the Commissioner’s death in a statement. The Commissioner, who is a younger brother to an APC national chieftain, Alhaji Kashim Imam, died after a brief illness in Maiduguri on Wednesday morning. He died at the age of 54 and he is survived by a wife and six children.
Shettima who was visibly shocked by the news, had from his temporary residence in Bama proceeded on tour of communities affected by Boko Haram destructions in southern parts of the State and to also supervise ongoing reconstruction works in some of the areas.
The Governor left Bama on Tuesday after nearly one week of Relocation to mobilize major reconstruction works. Shettima visited Pulka, a populated village in Gwoza local government area and also assessed destructions and ongoing reconstruction works in Gwoza town during which he interacted with thousands of residents that have since returned to their communities. The Governor proceeded to Lassa for another assessment of destructions before passing the night in Uba, another community in Askira-Uba local government area which was liberated from the Boko Haram. The Governor was also in Askira town, headquarters of Askira-Uba local government area for assessment and meeting with the Emir preparation to reconstructions. The Governor left for Chibok to assess reconstruction works and interacted with some stakeholders before cutting his trip back to Maiduguri following the demise of his commissioner.
The late commissioner was buried on Wednesday evening in Maiduguri amidst tears.